What are Adult Day Services in Washington State?

July 11, 2017 — Adult day services are community-based daytime programs that have existed for nearly 70 years and consist of adult day care and adult day health. Yale Psychiatric Hospital developed the first adult day program in 1949 to serve primarily as a community resource for successful discharges from the psychiatric hospital. When Medicare and Medicaid were enacted... Read More

Area Agency on Aging Welcomes Cathy Knight

July 11, 2017 — On May 31, 2017, Cathy Knight joined the Human Services Department as director of Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County. Cathy had been the state director for the Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A). For the past 11 years, she has coordinated policy and legislative advocacy... Read More

The Chair’s Corner – July 2017 AgeWise King County

June 30, 2017 — Regardless if we are young or old, we all need connections to live purposeful and healthy lives—connections to family and friends, services, and resources. Who are you connected with? What do you need to connect to? Where are these connections that can assist you to live meaningfully and increase longevity? Well, you’re in luck! Many... Read More

Fresh Bucks – Extra Buying Power for Low-Income Farmers Market Shoppers

June 5, 2017 — It’s noon on a drizzly spring Sunday when Diane arrives at the farmers market. Diane has been using SNAP (formerly known as “food stamps”) and Fresh Bucks to shop at the farmers market ever since moving to Seattle a year ago. “It’s pretty convenient and easy, now that it’s part of what I do,” says... Read More

4 Reasons to Use Your Seattle Democracy Vouchers

June 5, 2017 — So you say you received your Seattle Democracy Vouchers in the mail, but they’re sitting unused in a pile of mail, or hanging from your fridge? Here are four reasons to find, dust off, and use your Democracy Vouchers: Democracy Vouchers is a chance for virtually all Seattle residents to participate in the local elections... Read More

Seattle is Changing the Utility Discount Program to Increase Access

June 5, 2017 — For older adults in the Seattle area, new changes are on the horizon. The City of Seattle is changing the eligibility requirements for the Utility Discount Program (UDP). The UDP program provides income-qualified residential households with discounts on their Seattle City Light electricity bill and Seattle Public Utilities water, sewer, and solid waste bills. Currently,... Read More

Got a Good Idea? We’ve Got the Funds!

June 5, 2017 — The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) is piloting an Innovation Fund of $225,000 to test new ideas that focus on results and racial equity in the following areas: Preparing Youth for Success Addressing Homelessness Supporting Affordability and Livability Responding to Gender-Based Violence Promoting Public Health Promoting Healthy Aging. HSD recognizes that the traditional... Read More

Celebrating Dad on Father’s Day

June 5, 2017 — Imagine a warm, crisp, sun-drenched morning, a slight breeze rippling over a spectacular river, the day just getting underway for business commuters and cackling cockatoos alike. Layer in the hustle and bustle of runners, walkers and cyclist, of all ages, starting their day out right; taking in life by the lung-full. One of those walkers... Read More

The Silver Rainbow: Challenges LGBTQ Seniors Face

June 5, 2017 — The historic Supreme Court decision in June 2015 legalizing marriage equality in all 50 states enables LGBTQ life partners and those in long-term relationships to access the benefits of being legally married. However, Houston Mayor Annise Parker—who is an out lesbian—wrote in the Houston Chronicle that, for many LGBT seniors, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling... Read More

8 Tips for Reducing the Risk of Developing Dementia

June 5, 2017 — June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month “Genetics is not your destiny when it comes to later-onset Alzheimer’s, as genetics accounts for a small percentage of the risk. But you can influence and reduce risk by making good lifestyle choices,” according to Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute... Read More